Recently when I made these, I tried to make them as cheaply as possible. Here is what I came up with:
1 lb. lean g. beef (3.00)
¼ c. finely chopped onion (.10)
1-1/4 c. salsa (.89)
2 tbsp. taco seasoning (homemade—2 tsp. chili powder, 1 tsp. cumin, 1 tsp. paprika, 1 tsp. oregano, 1 tsp. sugar, ½ tsp. salt) (.15)
1-1/3 c. dry pinto beans, cooked (.50)
½ c. water
1 c. shredded cheese (.50)
8 burrito tortillas (1.29)
These make approximately 8 burritos, at a grand total cost of $6.43 or .80 each. What a deal for a great lunch!
I estimate that the original recipe, which you can find here, would cost $8.95, or $1.12 per serving. I would make it the original way if I was pressed for time because it is still much better than eating out. However, right now I have more time than money, so we are happy with the frugal makeover.